Nemesis laid waste to the Earth and only the sophomore class from Fire Lake has been spared. The 64 teens soon learn that not everyone will make it to the next phase. The program requires a lessening of the number of survivors in order to continue the re-colonization of Earth. Noah has discovered that taking lives powers his up, Min will not compromise her ideals, and their romance is all but over after he shot her in the back. Sarah and Ethan have joined together to lay siege to food and supplies…for now. Battle lines have been drawn and alliances formed, but will they be able to live with themselves when it is all over?
This second installment in the Nemesis series is bloody and violent and sometimes difficult to stomach. The contradiction in Noah’s and Min’s approach to winning provides a stark and interesting contrast. The sheer length of this second volume may put many in despair of any resolution, but Reichs pulls out another surprise for readers. The cliffhanger ending means it will be a long wait for the final book in the trilogy. Fans of Sylo and The Hunger Games would like this science-fiction series but need to start at the beginning.
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